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's a passionate advocate of gun control. he has strong feelings and harry reid proposed to drop a ban on semi-automatic weapons. meanwhile breaking news in syria. chemical weapons in the passive civil war. this as president obama is on his way to the region tonight on his first visit to israel and the west bank since he became president and as 55 people were killed and more than 200 wounded in battle scenes all over iraq on the 10th anniversary of shock and awe. i want to bring in at the start of this from cnn, life in iraq, arwa damon. another terrible day in baghdad. the anniversary of george bush's announcement that america was at war with iraq. 55 people killed. more than 200 wounded. very hard to see that there is anything but chronic instability and continued hideous bloodshed there. what is your take? >> it's such a tragedy really the way things have unfolded in iraq. just looking at iraqi faces, seeing how pale they had become. we are hearing after one attack after another. people's voices actually began trembling. this is violence that, first of all, the iraqis never even imagined wo
about gun control with strong feelings. senator harry reid's decision in the senate to drop a proposed ban on semi-ought mat you can weapon in the wake of the shootings in newtown an chemical weapons in the massive civil war, president obama on his way to the region and first trip to israel and the west bank since he became president and 65 poem were killed and more than 200 wounded in battle scenes all over iraq on the tenth anniversary of shock and awe. i want to bring in the start of this now. orway damon is live in iraq. orwa, another terrible day. 55 people killed. more than 200 wounded. very hard to see that there's anything but chronic instability and continued hideous bloodshed there. what is your take? >> it's such a tragedy really the way things have unfolded just in iraq. looking at iraqi faces looking at those attacks taking place, seeing how pale they had become. hearing one attack after another. people's voices actually began trembling. this is violence that, first of all, the iraqis never even imagined would end up being the outcome of america's war in iraq. so many of t
control. majority leader harry reid says he will move the package of bills when they come back from spring recess next month. it will include back ground checks but not a ban on assault weapons. >> for all those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons, for all those who say the politics is too hard, how can they say that? when you take a look at those 20 beautiful babies. and what happened to them. and those six teachers and administrators. >> these are john lien on's blood eyeglasses from the day he was murdered. good to see both of you, good morning. let me read to you from the column in the washington post this morning. we all know what's happening here. senate democrats face a tough battle to hold on to their slim majority. i'd love to hear them explain their cal kragss to the parents of newtown. emily, is harry reid's bill essentially a surrender that's based on the political reality of the vote next year? >> i would actually even challenge even at this point harry reid's cal slags that this is a political reality. the reality is the american public is already there. partic
exercise explosion. now outrage over senator harry reid's remarks. it sounds very political. >> our marines were training in hawthorne. with the sequester it is going to cut this stuff back. >>alisyn: did he connect the tragedy to the sequester? marines are reacting. >>steve: white house tours are canceled for all of us, and pink slips are out and the sequester has everybody scared except the white house. their budget for a st. patrick's party untouched, and wait until you see who was inviteed to that party last night that you weren't invited to. >>brian: we're irish. we would have qualified. a proud dad posted this picture of his son who passed a hunter safety course. next thing you know cops are raiding his home demanding to see his gun. that boy, his dad, live at the top of the hour. "fox & friends" starts now. ♪ >>alisyn: almost freezing today at 6:01. >>steve: within the next hour we're going to flip over to spring officially. the vernal equinox before 7:00 eastern time here in new york city where it is 33 degrees in the canyon of concrete. >>alisyn: at some point the earth has to sp
of the state. dirty harry reid blames the death of seven marines who were killed during a training exercise during what, the sequester, and comments after the break. and this facebook photo caused new jersey state authorities to raid the home of a law abiding, gun owning citizens and you'll hear directly from the father of this child, they threatened to take this child out of the home. he's not happy and neither is michelle malkin. we'll hear from them and from karl rove on "hannity." ♪ [ slap! ] [ male announcer ] your favorite foods fighting you? fight back fast with tums. calcium-rich tums starts working so fast you'll forget you h heartburn. ♪ tum tum tum tum tums you'll forget you h heartburn. license and registration please. what's this? uhh, it's my geico insurance id card, sir. it's digital, uh, pretty cool right? maybe. you know why i pulled you over today? because i'm a pig driving a convertible? tail light's out.. fix it. digital insurance id cards. just a click away with the geico mobile app. (announcer) scottrade knows our and invest their own way. with scottrade's smart te
training and new outrage over senator harry reid's remarks and is he playing politics with the giant tragedy? >> late last night, seven of our marines were killed and many others were injured in that explosion during a training exercise in nevada. and mr. president, it's very important that we continue training our military-- one of the things that sequester is cut back in training and maintenance. cut back in training and maintenance, that's the way the sequester was written. it's just not appropriate, mr. president, that our military can't train and do the maintenance necessary. these men and women our marines training at hawthorne and with the sequester cut this stuff back. and with the sequester it's going to cut this stuff back. i just hope everyone understands the sacrifices made by our military, they are significant. significant. >> senator reid wasting no time using this military tragedy our nation's tragedy as an opportunity to talk with the the sequester. it's sparking outrage. senator reid disgusted by your attempt to politicize the seven deaths in nevada, if you possesse
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to the gut when senator harry reid said that assault weapons ban will not be part of the comprehensive senate package. and this could be part of the reason. check it out. the nra, its fundraising hit record highs, $1.6 million in february alone. that's the best number they've posted since 2000. put it up against mayor bloomberg's super pac. he put up just $2 million last month. let me bring in our guests. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> hi, chris. >> biden says he's not giving up. i don't know. is that just talk? harry reid says the assault weapons ban had only 40 votes. where does he think he's going to get these votes from? >> i think this just shows you what a contentious issue gun control is in this country. i would have thought, given the events of the last few weeks and months that we would be much farther along. i can only hope that bloomberg and his money, as you pointed out, are going to help balance this issue out. i hope that he keeps pressing on this hard as well, but politically i think it is going to be a very tough sell. >> it is, i think, worth mentioning some
harry reid as he makes remarks on the deaths of seven marines and now some say it was eight. we'll get to the bottom of that. while seeming to tie in the issue of those sequester spending budget changes. we'll take a closer look at mr. reid's remarks and debate the chalaims that he was using the dead marines for political advantage. >> seven dead marines, somebody's sons, somebody's fathers, somebody's brothers, seven dead marines, and this jerk goes to the senate floor and he has to talk about the sequester which had nothing to do with it. the man doesn't have a principled bone in his body, not one. then how'd i get this... [ voice of dennis ] ...safe driving bonus check? every six months without an accident, allstate sends a check. silence. are you in good hands? nlove. as americanswe believeold we can'tin freedom.pern we that's what i fought for as a marine, and that's what we believe in as republicans. freedom means freedom for everyone. i didn't use to understand the importance of same-sex marriage, but after learning my brother was gay i wanted the same rights for him. he was the
standoff. joe biden versus harry reid. democrat versus democrat. "outfront" tonight, north korea says it can hit american bases in japan and guam right now with its missiles. would kim jon-un do it? let's go "outfront." good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight we have breaking news with major developments in the search for the gunman who killed colorado's prison chief. at this hour investigators from colorado are headed to wise county, texas. it's about 45 miles from ft. worth. they're going there to see whether a man who led police today on a high speed car chase is the same person who killed tom clemens on tuesday night. the chase ended with the suspect crashed into a semi, left his car and opened fire on police, injuring a deputy. we have a reporter in wise county, texas, to night. ed, why do police think this suspect might be related to tom clemens' horrific murder? >> reporter: well, the car that the suspect in this particular case was driving was a black boxy cadillac. what's interesting is this car had two different colorado license plates as well. so obviou
democrats' package. that is a decision made by harry reid who says that the assault weapons bill does not have the votes to make it past a fill buster by the republicans. that is what we reported yesterday. and all of that is still true. senator feinstein's bill is not going to be in the democrat's reform package in the senate. but if you ask senator dianne feinstein, that fact that it's not going to be included in the overall package of bills that goes to the senate floor, that does not mean that her bill is dead. according to her, it may not be a part of that overall comprehensive bill, but she is not going to play dead on this subject, and she insists that it will be voted on by other means. >> now senator reid had said you deserved a vote. but it's appearing that it could be an amendment. that it could be a symbolic vote. what's your response to this new -- >> no, if it is an amendment, that is not ha symbolic vote. it enacted a law. it went on to the house. it was enacted what senator reid told me is that i would have an opportunity for a vote. i take him at his word. this is ver
newtown. and harry reid says this about the assault weapons ban. >> i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i think the worst of all worlds would be to bring something to the floor, and it dies there. >> tonight my guests are five men who have seen the tragic toll of guns up close. they're demanding change. i talked to police chiefs from newtown and all around the area about what they saw on that tragic day and what it will take to keep america's children safe from further massacres. >>> plus, president obama and israel. with tensions rising throughout the region, is iran now the greatest threat? >> our policy is to prevent iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. >> will syria's civil war spill over? >> assad's regime must understand they will be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons or their transfer to terrorists. >> i'll ask the president's one-time middle east peacemaker, george mitchell, is now the time to kiss and make up? this is "piers morgan live." you know i'm passionate about the issue of guns in america. you've heard a lot of heated deba
ban stripped out of the broader senate bill, harry reid has taken some flak for that. joe biden yesterday, the vice president of the united states who has taken a lead role on this, on npr talking about the assault weapons ban and whether or not it is doomed. let's play that and we'll talk about it. >> we are still pushing that it pass. the same thing was told to me when the first assault weapons ban in 'now was attached to the biden crime bill, that it couldn't possibly pass. last time we passed it we only had seven republican votes in 1994. >> but he doesn't have the democrats. >> well, again, i just -- i've never found it makes any sense to support something and declare there's no possibility of it passing. >> okay. it still seems very unlikely to pass. harry reid on the floor two days ago saying there are 40 votes and they need 60. but there is a disconnect on gun legislation in general between congress and the american public. you pointed this out to me and i wanted to note it. quinnipiac poll of florida voters, support for gun safety measures, 91%, 91%. 91% of people don't
biden came out big time in support of an assault weapons ban. harry reid killed the bill. democrat v. democrat next. a man who served 22 years in prison for the murder of a new york rabbi is released. authorities say that now they know he was innocent all along. we have a special report on. that. >>> and a mysterious death in singapore. officials there say this man committed suicide. but his family here in america in montana is convinced it was murder. ♪ [ female announcer ] from meeting customer needs... to meeting patient needs... ♪ wireless is limitless. [ female announcer ] from finding the best way... ♪ to finding the best catch... ♪ wireless is limitless. with thermacare heatwraps. thermacare works differently. it's the only wrap with patented heat cells that penetrate deep to relax, soothe, and unlock tight muscles. for up to 16 hours of relief, try thermacare. to relax, soothe, and unlock tight muscles. for over 75 years people ...with geico... ohhh...sorry!. director's voice: here we go. from the top. and action for over 75 years people have saved money with gecko so
, not exactly like yours. >>> our second story "out front," can harry reid cave? so today he shelved the assault weapons ban introduced by the democratic colleague senator dianne feinstein. reid's explanation, well, let me play it for you. >> i won't try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. i think the worst of all worlds would be to bring something to the floor and it dies there. >> but did reid really want it to succeed in the first place? "out front," david frum and paul begala. paul, this doesn't sound like the harry reid we all know. this is a guy to say, you know what? 57% of the people in this country favor this assault weapons ban. i'm going to take it to the floor and if republicans want to shoot it down, then you know what? fine. i'll let them take the blame and looking at that and the fact he has a high rating from the nra, one might get a little suspicious. >> first off, he is going to take it to the floor but it's a separate amendment. i will not be part of the larger gun safety bill including things like expanded background checks, m
out as lawmakers battle the gun control bill. senator harry reid, does he have the votes for a ban on assault weapons? where do the senators stand on it? i'll update you with my result of the unofficial survey we conducted into what every senator thinks. many of them haven't responded even after three days of repeated requests. >>> yoko ono tweeting a picture of john lennon's blood-stained glasses. president obama retweeted the image and this message. more than a million people have been killed with guns in america. that includes the children and adults murdered in december in newtown. among them, emilie parker killed by adam lanza. an extraordinary meeting, robbie parker and his wife sat down with adam lanza's father. he joins me now. before we talk, i want to play a video you just released in memory of emilie. it says more about the creative, charming, beautiful young girl that she was than any amount of words could do. ♪ >> okay, emilie, tell me what your favorite color is. >> pink. ♪ ♪ ♪ somewhere over the rainbow way up high ♪ ♪ and the dreams that you dream of onc
reform. president obama's initiative to reduce violence in america has been severely weakened. harry reid has announced the most controversial and ambitious part of the president's proposal a ban on assault weapons will not make the final cut when he brings the bill up for debate. >> but, right now, her amendment using the most optimistic numbers has less than 40 votes. that's not 60. i have to get something on the floor so we can have votes on that issue and the other issues i talked about and what i'm going to try to do. i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. >> senator dianne feinstein who sponsored the ban was clearly irritated. the california democrat told reporters, obviously, i'm disappointed. i tried my best but my best i guess was not good enough. you'd think congress would listen but they clearly listened to the national rifle association and they do. the ban would have outlawed it nearly 160 semiautomatic weapons and limited the size of magazines to ten rounds. and in today's "daily news" a removal of the assau
to keep fighting for an assault weapons ban, even though fellow democrat harry reid is moving a bill forward without him. president obama's healthcare reform law turns three years old saturday. tonight, chief national correspondent jim angle tells us what we have seen so far. >> though obamacare opportunity fully take effect until january, parts of it are already in place, supporters, of course, point to the benefits. >> already more than 3 million young americans gain coverage through their parent's plan. preventive coverage free for tens of million of americans. >> children now have coverage. february they have a preexisting condition, children can stay on the parents' plan until age 26. >> obamacare offers everything from free contraceptives to free preventative services for all ages. but many argue nothing is free. there will be more than a trillion in new taxes over the next ten yearsch even so, new benefits such as free preventive care some at a cost to someone. >> having the cost covered for the patient of mammogram is good but if the reimbursement to facilities is below cost
leader -- again, i'm not picking on one side. harry reid was talking to. when you see the minority leader saying, to do foreign policy at 3:00 o'clock in the morning with a bunch of guys talking about march madness, and to call this our finest hour? it's that old joke, your second finest hour if this is the finest hour. and i really do think, you know -- when i grew up, we usedf these men and occasional women of real standing and stature. i remember going to work there as a young assistant and thinking, my god, look at me from lynn, mass, i'm at the u.s. senate. now i think it looks more like a carnival and that's the democracy. >> rick: we've got the far left in you're party, susan, who refuse to talk about any sort of substantial cuts to entitlement. they really just want to continue to raise taxes on the wealthiest in this country. then you got the far right on the other side who want to cut everything except for defense spending. then you got i think the bulk of the country which falls somewhere in the middle. i'm just wondering if the extremes on both sides should be able to hold the
safety. harry reid will bring the senate's proposal to the floor and include votes on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. yesterday, new york city mayor mike bloomberg optimistic about the vote during an appearance on "meet the press." >> we are going to have a vote, for sure, on assault weapons and we are going to have a vote on background checks and if we were to get background checks only, it wouldn't be as good as if we got both, but look. we demanded a plan and then we demanded a vote. we have got the plan and we are going to get the vote. >> the mayor announced a new $12 million ad campaign that will challenge senators in 13 states from arizona to pennsylvania to back gun control legislation. >> for me, guns are for hunting and protecting my family. i believe in the second amendment and i'll fight to protect it. but with rights, come responsibilities. that's why i support xren hencive background so the criminals and mentally dangerously ill can't get guns and that protects my rights and family. >> he's going to find out this is a country of the people by the people and
senate majority leader harry reid drew attention to budget cuts and how they could impact military training like that taking place at hawthorne. >> it's just not appropriate, mr. president, that our military can't train and do the maintenance necessary. these men and women, our marines were training there in hawthorne and with the sequester it's going to cut the stuff back. >> some marine officials chafed at reid's commence. his spokesman clarified his remarks saying the idea of senator reid thinks that the hawthorne tragedy has anything to do with the sequester is absurd, shepard. >> shepard: jennifer griffin at the pentagon now. the horrible plot at the university of central florida in orlando. tonight, it is very clear the plan was for another virginia tech. murder on a scale that would forever change one of the biggest universities in america. you see, the student behind the foiled murder rampage wrote a checklist. and the last line "give them hell." just one of the many new details that police revealed today. there is a video from a camera that one officer had mounted on his u
. zero heartburn. >>> just over three months since the newtown, connecticut massacre. harry reid formally introduced a gun bill he says will be debated when lawmakers return from two week recess. joining us to talk about that and moore, cnn's chief political analyst, gloria borger and senior analyst, ron bronstein, national journal editorial director. thanks for coming in. dianne feinstein said she is not very happy that apparently the assault weapons ban would be submitted as amendment as opposed to part of the bill. >> this is very important to me. i am not going to lay down and play dead. i think the american people have said in every single public poll that they support this kind of legislation, not to give me a vote on this would be a major betrayal of trust as i would see it. >> she will get a vote as an amendment, but it won't be part of a comprehensive bill, and it is almost certainly going to die. >> right. and i think that's not a surprise to a lot of people. and normally people say let's blame the republican party for that. the truth of the matter is that there are a handful of
for gun control advocates today. senate majority leader harry reid says a ban on assault weapons will *not be a part of a gun control package he's bringing to the senate floor for debate. he says there's just not enough support. but california senator dianne feinstein, who wrote the bill, says she's been promised a vote. and plans to introduce the assault weapons portion of the bill as an amendment. >> this is very important to me. i am not going to lay down and play dead. i think the american people has said every public poll that they support this type of legislation. it is aimed to protect children, schools and shopping malls. and it is aimed to dry up the supply of these over time".over time" >> catherine: while that part of the measure is in limbo. it's likely that the senate will vote on three other measures-- a ban on high capacity ammo clips. a call for universal background checks. and stiffer penalties for gun trafficking. new tonight, there is controversy with local cabdriver's with smart phone applications such as 'ride share'. >> one half the time we are empty because these car
weapons all but dead in the senate according to tom democrat harry reid, the vice president said he's not giving up. >> i'm not going to rest nor is the president until we do all of these things, all of these things. >> reporter: he told the family of a teacher killed protecting children in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting that the country needs some political backbone. >> you know, it's time for a political establishment to show the courage your daughter showed. >> reporter: the father of a 6-year-old also killed at newtown said shame on the congress. >> i'm really ashamed to see that congress doesn't have the guts to stand up and make a change and put a ban on these type of weapons and universal background checks. >> reporter: from new york's mayor bloomberg a call for public pressure. >> if you want to make a difference, you've got to pick up the phone, call your congressperson. >> reporter: but what happened was no surprise. conservative democrats in the senate up for re-election risk riling up pro-gun forces in an election year if they vote for the ban. democratic supp
-bye. [laughter] jon: and we begin with brand new stories and breaking news. senate majority leader harry reid getting tough in the gun debate. the controversial bill he is introducing on the senate floor and the fight that lies ahead. >>> also new threats from iran's supreme leader against two major cities as president obama wraps up a three-day visit to the middle east. >>> plus, a man accused of murdering his social lite wife pulls a stunt and gets his trial delayed. we'll tell you about it, it's all "happening now." ♪ jon: well, president obama is on the final day of his trip to israel in the middle east. air force one just landed in jordan where the president is about to meet with king ab abdullah, one of america's closest arab allies. welcome to a brand new hour of "happening now," i'm jon scott. uma: and i'm uma. on the agenda today will be the huge influx of refugees into jordan from syria's civil war, and king abdullah has voiced fears islamic terrorists could create a base in his country. meanwhile, president obama spending his last day in israel paying his respects at two memorial
harry reid, it's about the math. >> right now, her amendment, has less than 40 votes. that's not 60. >> yet looking at the latest polling, this is something the majority of americans really he cannot even get democrats as the new yorker put it. this wasn't a close call. it was a body blow. standard feinstein vows to keep fighting. >> this is very important to me. i will not lay down and play dead. i think the american people have said and every single public poll that they support this kind of legislation. it's aimed to protect children, to protect schools and malls, not to give me a vote on this would be a major betrayal of trust. >> that last point, the reed-mack told feinstein that it could be offered as an amendment at a later time. we were given some rare good news from a state with a significant history with a gun violence. the governor of colorado signed into law some of the toughest gun safety measures in the country. >> the loss expand background checks to include purchases and transfers between private parties and on-line sales. it closes a loophole that had exempted fire
cowards. and then michael moore was on piers morgan's show, if a gunman killed harry reid's grandchildren in their school, would harry reid have kept the assault weapons from being introduced to congress. go ahead. >> i think one thing you look at yoko and what she put out there and god bless her for doing this and keeping the conversation alive, one thing i will say is where is the picture about mental health? the guy who killed her husband had tried to kill himself a couple of years earlier, had been in a mental institution, his family knew he had problems. how he was able to go out there and yet do this and we didn't have, knowing this guy should not have been able to purchase a weapon, that he should have been on a list, he was able to buy what he wanted to. he actually tried to kill himself. >> the pictures for mental health are newtown and aurora. >> that's my point. so why aren't we talking about one of the biggest issues here, because once it goes political and this whole gun control debate, it is the gun, it is the gun, the consistent theme we keep seeing in these tragedies is a
, it's something i'm curious about. you know harry reid pretty well. comes from your state. how much longer do you think he's going to stick around as the majority leader in the senate? >> hasn't indicated to me one way or another. my opinion of harry, he's going to stick around as long as the electorate wil keep him there. he already indicated he wants to run in the next election a couple years from now. harry is a fighter. that's just his nature. he enjoys what he's doing. >> could you also quickly weigh in on the fight going on in new jersey? the lawsuit against new jersey trying to legalize sports betting and join nevada in that ranks. what do you think? >> well, of course, we in nevada prefer monopolies when we're the beneficiaries of monopolies. >> we all do. we all do. >> i think the nfl and ncaa would agree with you. >> yes. that's, of course, whbeen one o the limitations we have to experience by having sports betting, mayor sports franchises and ncaa tournaments stay away from us because of sports betting. new jersey would have that if they were successful in obtaining sport
? >> yeah, and i think the defeatest reaction to harry reid's move yesterday on saying that the assault weapons would be an amendment rather than part of the base package is wrong for a couple of reasons. one is we will get a skroet on assault weapons as an amendment. secondly, it's important to keep in mind the long view here. we're at the beginning of a process, not the end of the process. we are seeing, as david pointed out, not just in colorado but elsewhere, change in public opinion here. public opinion has clearly shifted on the side of sensible gun regulations along the lines we've been talking about, feinstein's proposal and others. what david is pointing out, what you are seeing is similar to the anti-tobacco debate and apartheid debate where congress and washington were the lagging indicators of public opinion so you saw a lot of action happening in the states. colorado is not just the only place, a number of there states are thinking object taking action. it's a much, much better indicator of how quickly public opinion is shifting on something. i think you will see movement i
party in the senate. and harry reid to push the administration look what we did on iraq and interrogation techniques gone back to the bush administration. the democrats senators have given the president a pass. the house cannot give him a pass. are you going to push for speaker boehner for subpoenas. >> i think that speaker boehner, i will urge him for the power of the house, not to chase rabbits, but to get to the bottom line. we have not heard from the people who went through this debacle on the ground. if this had been a good news story we would have heard from them the next day. the fact we haven't heard from them for six months should make every american worried about what this administration is covering up. >> coming up, do you have a savings account in the bank? is there any chance the government will skim some of your savings? should you be worried? that's next and in two minutes, a mother of a girl scout gets in trouble for selling cookies. what's the cookie controversy? that's two minutes away. all r problem... ok. not in my house! ha ha ha! ha ha ha! no no no!
. senate majority leader harry reid decided to drop the proposal to keep republicans from blocking it. >> i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. i think the worst of all would be to bring something to the floor and it dies there. >> of course the nra is fighting against tougher gun control. and contributions to the group's political action committee are surging now. the nra raised almost $1.6 million in february. and in january it raked in $1.1 million. vice president biden teamed up with new york mayor michael bloomberg today to push for new gun control laws. biden made an emotional appeal for action. >> for all those who say we shouldn't or couldn't ban high capacity magazines, i just ask them one question, think about newtown. think about newtown. think about how many of these children or teachers may be alive today had he had to reload three times as many times as he did. think about what happened out in where gabby giffords, my good friend, was shot and wounded. think about when that young man had to try to change the
movement on gun control legislation in congress. senate majority leader harry reid has introduced a bill that would expand background checks, beef up school safety and crack down on gun trafficking. it does not include a specific provision banning assault weapons which is a priority of the obama administration. however, reid said he will allow debate on the ban as an amendment to the bill. today, vice president joe biden, the administration's point man on getting congress to act, met in new york city with mayor michael bloomberg, himself an outspoken proponent of stricter gun control laws. they were joined by families of the victims of the school massacre in newtown, connecticut. biden pushed against the national rifle association, others who are trying so far successfully to block new laws, including a ban on assault weapons. >> three months ago, a deranged man walked into sandy hook elementary school with a weapon of war. that's what he walked in with, with a weapon of war. and that weapon of war has no place on american streets and taking it off america's streets has no impact on one'
's the problem, not that anything changed he remembers he needs to keep the nra happy. >> if harry reid is not a victim of this nra lobby, as some people have argued, mr. graze, the senate majority leader released the statement tonight saying he started the process of bringing a gun violence bill to the floor and he adds, quote, i want to be clear any bill that passes the senate must include background checks. has senator reid gotten the message and perhaps standing up to the nra and other forces lobbying against such sensible legislation? >> sure. i have to say i know senator reid is catching a lot of heat for taking the assault weapons ban out of the bill. i don't place the heat on saturday reid, place the heat on senators who won't vote for assault weapons ban. he's counting votes. while the assault weapons ban is important when the public is ready and demanding change, a background check is probably the most important thing you do to save lives so we're very happy he said what he said. >> daniel, your life has been changed by gun violence. you helped save gabby gifford's life after
is that the majority leader, harry reid, has commendably said we will have a vote, a ban on illegal trafficking and straw purchasing, very significant. a requirement for background checks on all purchases of firearms, including private sales. and a school safety measure. all of them approved by the judiciary committee where i serve and there will be at least two amendments, maybe more, one offered by senator feinstein that will oppose the assault weapon ban and a prohibition on high-capacity magazines, ten bullets or more. >> will those two amendments pass? do they have any chance at passage in your estimation? >> there will be a second amendment that will prohibit high-capacity magazines, separate from the first. in other words splitting out that measure, which i am helping spearhead. now i think there will be significant gun safety legislation. and that the votes are there for some of the elements now and we're working very hard to reach out to some of the swing votes. at this point what's really needed is to mobilize the silent majority. if you look at the polls, the majority of the american
that gives funding for school security. do you think harry reid made a good move? >> well, it's disappointing. but he's done the calculus and knows that an assault weapon bill will not pass the senate. sadly, i think he also knows that even in the democratically controlled senate, a background check for criminals, a universal background check for all of gun sales, including for criminals will not pass the senate. and it was certainly not going to pass the house. so that's what we're up against. and just so everyone is clear about this, you know, i'm a law-abiding gun owner. i own firearms, i go to a gun store where they run a background check. but it's perfectly legal in 33 states to buy guns from private dealers without a background check. so law-abiding gun owners go to gun stores, criminals go to private gun dealers legally and buy 1,000 weapons a day. it's amazing to me that our members of congress cannot find their backbone enough to require a criminal background check for criminals. >> well, senator feinstein and obviously the assault weapons ban was really what she was pushing hardest.
depots in western nevada monday night. >>> senate majority leader harry reid is removing a proposed assault ban rifle -- assault rifle ban from new gun legislation that he will send to the full senate for consideration. reid says keeping the assault weapons ban would have guaranteed a republican filibuster to block the measure. >> i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. i think the worst of all worlds may be to bring something to the floor and it dies there. >> reid says that senator dianne feinstein could introduce her proposed ban on assault weapons as an amendment to new gun legislation in order to at least get a vote on that. >>> and new shocking sex and drug allegations against the man who used to be the voice of elmo. the 24-year-old is suing kevin clash alleging he smoked crystal meth while engaging in sexual activity with stephens. the lawsuit alleges he also gave sheldon poppers as a sexual aid. that generally refers to capsule that's give users a rush when broken and inhaled. his attorney calls the suit mer
reality, and pulling the assault weapons ban from gun control legislation. majority leader harry reid says there aren't enough votes to overcome gop opposition. he says separating the ban from measures increases the chances of passage. the assault weapons ban appeared to gain momentum after the massacre in newtown, connecticut, in november. >>> president obama heading to the mideast in israel. the first time he visited the jewish state as president. abc's tahman bradley looks at the issues. >> reporter: president obama embarked on a trip to the middle east with the goal of winning the hearts and minds of the israeli people, mr. obama's first visit to israel as president. he will make several symbolic stops including laying a wreath at the founder of modern zionism. the centerpiece of the visit is delivering a speech to an audience of mostly college students. >> the president will visit israel with a message about the enduring relationship between the united states and israel about the unshakeable commitment the united states has to israel's security. >> report
after senate majority leader harry reid removed a proposed ban on assault weapons. reid said keeping it would guarantee a republican filibuster. >> i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. i think the worst of all worlds would be to bring something to the floor and it dies there. >> you have to take a look at the cover of the "new york daily news." christine saw this immediately. it says "shame on us." >> surrounding the headlines are the pictures of the children killed december 14th in newtown, connecticut. every single one of their little faces. when you look at the "new york post" similarly it says "senate caves, nra wins." obviously politically in washington it said it would have had a republican filibuster if they kept that provision in. but a lot of people who are advocates that maybe something is different, something changed on december 14th in america, look at washington and don't think so anymore. >> christine covers congress. it shouldn't be a surprise that this didn't get to the floor? >> exact low. this pla
-called assault weapons, all but dead in the senate according to top democrat harry reid, the vice president said he's not giving up. >> i'm not going to rest nor is the president until we do all of these things, all of these things. >> he told the family of a teacher killed protecting children in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting, that the country needs some political backbone. >> you know, it's time for the political establishment to show the courage your daughter showed. >> the father of a 6-year-old also killed at newtown said shame on the congress. >> i'm really ashamed to see that congress doesn't have the guts to stand up and make a change, and put a ban on these type of weapons and universal background checks. >> from new york's mayor bloomberg, a call for public pressure. >> if you want to make a difference, you better pick up the phone, call your congress person. >> but what happened was no surprise. conservative democrats in the senate up for reelection risk riling up pro-gun forces in an election year, if they vote for the ban. democratic supporters like retiring michigan sena
: earlier this week, senate majority leader harry reid said an assault weapons ban didn't have enough support to pass the senate and would not be part of a larger gun control law. it still may be voted on as >> on day two of his middle east tour, president obama took on the deadlock in the israeli-palestinian peace process. he spent time with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and palestinian president mahmoud abbas. president obama is calling for direct talks between the two parties and sharing a vision for a peaceful future. two rockets launched from gaza hit southern israel thursday. the same day as president obama's visit to the west bank to talk about the stalled israeli-palestinian peace process. >> we cannot give up on the search for peace, no matter how hard it is. >> reporter: following earlier meetings with israeli leaders, he met with the president of the palestinian authority, mahmoud abbas. to discuss key sticking points in the peace process..including jewish settlements in the west bank. president obama stressed the need to achieve sovereignty for palestinians and
. you saw harry reid drop out of the bill and added it back into the amendment. >> alex sorenson, christina, thank you both. good to see you both. >> thank you. >>> secretary of state john kerry made an unexpected stop in baghdad and asked al maliki to stop using. >> senator george mitchell has served as an enjoy voy to the me east. it's half past the hour. >>> here at home, we know someone won more than $330 million in the powerball drawing yesterday. we just don't know who. le so far the lucky winner is keeping their identity secret. the ticket was bought in new jersey. powerballs played across 42 states, d.c. and the u.s. virgin islands. >>> let's go now to weather and talk about an unseasonable mess. snowstorm moving across the country, causing travel havoc like this in the rockies and burying some areas in a foot of snow. live in st. louis, missouri, with more on the storm, i'm sorry to make you stand out there in this live shot. this is terrible at the end of march. >> it is, alex. you know, i think a lot of people would agree with you, they've put away their shovels and wi
leader, harry reid, who's from nevada, addressed the accident moments ago from the senate floor. >> we don't know exactly what happened. it was a violent explosion. we know that. my thoughts are with those who are injured and of course the families of those who lost loved ones. details are emerging. we really don't know. the area's been blocked off. i understand it was quite a big explosion. >>> this morning, before a crowd of at least 150,000 people, pope francis was officially inaugurate ed as the 266th bish of rome. 130 world leaders, including vice president joe biden, attended this morning's mass. 500 priests were called in to deliver communion. >>> tomorrow is the first day of spring, but snow is falling in the northeast, prompting school closures from massachusetts to maine and check out this incredible ireport video from pearl, mississippi. n, those aren't golf balls. golf ball-sized hail covered the ground yesterday, denting this guy's car and shattering more than one windshield. >>> a 6-month-old baby in chicago killed by gunfire last week was shot once, not several times, as
. it appears your effort is all by dead. listen to what harry reid said today. >> i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. i think the worst of all worlds would be to bring something to the floor and it dies there. >> now, senator reed, senator feinstein, had said before that you deserved a vote. now it appears it's going to be an amendment, it could be a symbolic vote. what's your response to this new -- >> no, no, if it's an amendment, that is not a symbolic vote. i did the bill in 1994 on the floor as an amendment. it enacted a law. it went on to the house, it was enacted. what senator reid told me is that i would have an opportunity for a vote. i take him at his word. i told him also that it would be my intention to separate out the prohibition on the future, manufacture, transfer, sale, possession of large ammunition feeding devices of more than ten bullets. i asked him if this could be part of a package. he said no. and i took away from that meeting the belief that we would have a vote on the full bill, and a vote on ammu
, what harry reid said. we know it's true because we've been reporting on this show really since the gun debate reignited after newtown that it's not just because republicans oppose it. it's also because of democrats, particularly in the senate. in fact, if you look at, we have a set of compiled -- some faces and names of democratic senators. if you look there's about a dozen. these are senators who have either outright said, no way to assault weapons ban, or those who run from us in the hallway when we try to ask or somewhere in between. the reason is most of them come from states where they're the whole concept of gun rights runs very wide and very deep. it would be cultural heresy many of them think to ban any kind of gun and to vote for that. the senators here may support other gun control like background checks or limiting high capacity ammunition clips, even trafficking, and so the thinking and it really has been all along, is that if they put the assault weapons ban in this broad gun control package, then the whole thing will go down whereas if they take it out, and put it as an a
don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything. harry reid looked weak yesterday when he stood in front of the camera and almost conceded, we don't have the votes. go out and get them. if that's what you feel for and feel strongly about it, make it happen. i'm shoorry. you can fault the republicans for their views but the republicans will fight until the end for something they believe in. >> tiffany, i'll let you get in. we're going to have to move on to a different subject. i want to talk about an online question from jada pinkett smith, the actress, married to will smith. the actress said she's not pointing fingers, but she's pushing buttons when she talks about white women on the covers of black magazines. pinkett smith posted this question on facebook, here it is. she said if we ask our white sisters who tend to be the guardians of the covers of mainstream magazines to consider women of color to grace these magazines, should we not offer the same consideration to white women to grace our covers? should women extend their powers to other women simply because they are women?
leader harry reid introduced a gun bill yesterday that does include expanded background checks. the senate will debate it after a two-week recess. coming up in 20 minutes we're going to speak with stephen barton, a survivor of the aurora movie theater shooting. he's working with the newtown families as part of this mayors against illegal guns. >>> former president nicolas sarkozy under formal investigation this morning for breach of trust charges. sarkozy is accused of taking advantage of france's richest woman to help illegally fund his 2007 presidential campaign. terry arnaud joins us from paris this morning. what's the latest? >> well, it's a bit of a political -- that took us by surprise in paris. it was about 10:00 p.m. local and announced the former president was being put under investigation. what that means is that the three charges he was facing yesterday found sufficient converging and serious clues to choose to go ahead with this formal investigation. the charges, as you've described them, are extremely serious. he's accused of having taken advantage of an ailing old
, apparently they failed with harry reid since he's the one that is dismantling the bill that the democratic party said the country needs. i'm for the bloomberg ads because i think they will backfire as much as mitt romney's etch a sketch did. yesterday when bloomberg was interviewed, he said that this was a way for him to educate people and in these red states where i live in south georgia, we don't need the education from michael bloomberg about our guns, rights to guns. most are in favor of some type of backgrund checks. in georgia, to have a carry permit, you have one. the devil is in the details. i'm not confident in eric holder and the department of justice to implement laws, new laws on the books when he won't even enforce the current gun laws on the books. >> so does patrick have something here that mayor bloomberg's reputation as a guy who runs a nanny state or tries to, does he really have any sway over people who are on the fence? >> this is a political red herring. oh, this week it's michael bloomberg and it used to be nancy pelosi and it used to be barack obama. you can use all
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